Everyone starts somewhere. Every journey is unique.
Whether your goal is to become a bikini competitor or a yoga expert, or simply to get into the best shape of your life, nothing is more inspiring than reading about someone's accomplishments in the fitness industry! We're working to bring that motivation and inspiration to you weekly, courtesy of our brand athletes and ladies across social media whose stories have encouraged us to ask more.
This week, get inspired with fitness newbie turned bikini competitor Laura Elliot.
1. Tell us about how you became passionate about fitness.
I became passionate about fitness 5 years ago. I was once 225 pounds and I didn’t know up from down in regards to what to do in the gym or where to start. I had a moment where I looked in the mirror and decided I want to take hold of my life and take control of me. As I learned and progressed with my journey I fell in love with not only the strength I gained, but the mental clarity I gained with my time in the gym.
2. What is your biggest accomplishment in fitness?
My biggest accomplishment was learning that I’m in control of my own destiny. I’ve run half marathons, competed in body building bikini competitions and lost over 90 pounds; but the biggest win was learning that I can accomplish anything I set my mind to.
3. What are your goals for this year?
My goal is to continue to learn and build. I’m taking the year off of competing in anything, I need to focus on my body and prioritize my health. I’m building and gaining and 100% ok with that. I’m hoping to find a new balance and a new love in the gym. I’m writing my training program and can’t wait to see how it progresses.
4. Share a tip that inspires you to keep pushing when you feel unmotivated.
My tip is to just do it. I know it’s not pretty or fancy but it’s my only motivation. I always feel better after I go to the gym and crush my work out. I start off high intensity when I’m feeling unmotivated and put my music on and go. Typically by the end of the work out I’m jamming and ready to roll.
5. Tell us about your workout routine - what’s your favorite workout? How often do you hit the gym?
Right now I’m training 4-5 days a week and when I go I love a good shoulder day and leg day. I mean what girl doesn’t love a good hammy and booty day. My current work out is a 4 day lifting split with as cardio tied into it. I’m really focusing on form and intensity, I’ve pulled back the load and increased my volume. I’m loving the changes I’m getting with it.
6. What would you say to someone just getting started with strength training to help inspire them?
Don’t be afraid to ask a friend to join you, take a class, find a training program or even better yet find a trainer. I hired a trainer and that was the best thing I ever did. I learned form, I learn how to work and what equipment was. I then fell in love with it all and decided to become a trainer myself, now I love writing my own plans and progressing myself.
My biggest advice is start small, you can’t climb Mount Everest in a day let alone without a guide. Find a support system and do it as a team one step at a time. Everyone can do it, I did it.
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